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Dennis Bruce Oviatt

November 4, 1958 - May 13, 2020
From: Boulder, CO | Originally: Spencer, IA
Dennis Bruce Oviatt

Dennis Bruce Oviatt

Born: November 4, 1958
Died: May 13, 2020
Age: 61

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Dennis Bruce Oviatt, the son of Dwain and Phyllis (Fogarty) Oviatt, was born on November 4, 1958 in the Spencer Municipal Hospital, Spencer, Iowa. He was raised in Dickens and Spencer, Iowa. He attended Spencer High School, where he graduated in the class of 1977. He attended the Culinary Institute Des Moines Area Community College. At 19, Dennis rode his motorcycle to Colorado, fell in love with the mountains and decided to stay. He was the owner and chef of Café Food in Boulder, Colorado for 21 years. He took pride in the homemade food he prepared and served. He roasted whole turkeys for sandwiches, made soups from scratch, baked desserts and hand kneaded his famous German crusty rolls. Dennis had a loyal customer base who came for the food, but stayed for his good natured ribbing and friendly banter. Dennis loved playing poker with his friends. He was an active geocacher and never missed an opportunity to drag along anyone willing, or not, so they could share in the fun. Dennis enjoyed the beauty of nature and loved to hike, especially in the Rocky Mountains. He loved traveling and served as the official tour guide for visiting family. Dennis was a beloved uncle, his nieces and nephews adored him and enjoyed spending time with him. Dennis considered himself to be lucky to have a large, close family. On Wednesday May 13, 2020, Dennis passed away at the age of 61. Dennis is preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis (Fogarty) Oviatt and brother, Philip Oviatt. Dennis is survived by his father, Dwain Oviatt, of Spencer, and four siblings Pat and his wife Cindy of Spencer, Kevin Oviatt of Spencer, Sheila and her husband David Stoeckel of Forest City, Iowa, and Nyra and her husband Jerry Sondag of Persia, Iowa. Dennis is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Interment will be at Riverview Cemetery in Spencer, Iowa. 

A CELEBRATION OF LIFE PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held. Since we will not be able to gather in Colorado, we ask that his friends here celebrate Dennis by going for a hike in the mountains and eating some good food
Father Timothy Hogan
Riverside Cemetery
Spencer, Iowa
Privately with family only


Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7:59 AM
“Dwain, So sorry to hear of the loss of your son! Please accept my deepest sympathy. Praying for peace and comfort for you and your family as you mourn such a loss.”
- Cheryl Green (Jensen)
Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 3:34 PM
“Sorry to about your lost. Even though haven't seen him, since the family lived in Dickens, and my brother and I played with all of the kids. He will be greatly missed.”
- Deborah Johnson
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 2:13 PM
“Dwain... Doug & I were so very sorry to hear of the loss of your son, Dennis. Our deepest sympathy to you & your family.”
- Doug & Sandy Hart
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 10:52 AM
“With our deepest sympathy to the Oviatt Family. Dennis was my classmate and a very nice guy, I'm sure he will be greatly missed.
Peace and Prayers,
The Worsfold Family
- Cheryl Worsfold Schoof
Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 7:53 AM
“I fondly remember Dennis from grade school and junior high at South Clay! He was funny and always nice to everyone!!
Wish all of you peace during your sorrow!!!

- Bev Salton Dudziak
Sunday, May 24, 2020 at 11:04 AM
“Even though it has been many years since we have seen Dennis my wife Brenda and myself felt Dennis was always so kind but a a lot of the class clown in his soul always made us laugh the world will miss that.”
- Darrell Martin
Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“I haven't seen Dennis in years, but was always a super nice guy. To Kevin and the entire Oviatt family, very sorry for your loss. ”
- Tony Lowe
Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 8:00 AM
“So very sorry to hear about Dennis. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.”
- Nita Hargrave Richards
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 2:12 PM
“Dwain and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss of Dennis. I remember your stories about what a great cook he was, and how much you enjoyed spending time with him in Colorado. It is obvious he was greatly loved and will be missed by many. Praying for peace and comfort as you mourn his loss during this difficult time. ”
- Carole Feldhacker
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 10:09 AM
“I an so sorry for your loss. ”
- Nancy Moser
Friday, May 22, 2020 at 10:09 AM
“Our sincere sympathy to the Oviatt family. We remember his parents from school days.
Thinking of you all. John and Doris Lang ”
- John Lang
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